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Somali drought displaces tens of thousands: UN

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Listen Hargeisa (Alshahid) – With drought spreading to almost all regions of Somalia, officials and aid workers have expressed concern for those affected, saying drought was now a major cause of displacement, IRI reports. “Drought, not insecurity, is now the main reason for new displacement in Somalia,” the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian […]

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Yemen unrest forces Somalia refugees to risk crossing Deadly Red Sea

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Listen Mogadishu (Alshahid) – Unrest in Yemen has prompted hundreds of Somali refugees to once again risk a deadly sea crossing, this time to return to their home country, say officials and migrants.   This year alone some 89 people drowned or went missing while crossing the Gulf of Aden from Somalia to Yemen. The […]

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UN Ki-moon visits and lauds Kenya reform progress

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Listen Nairobi (Alshahid) -The United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon has commended government efforts in implementing the new Constitution. This was during talks with President Kibaki at Harambee House, Nairobi Thursday. Mr Ban pointed out that the establishment of the Judicial Service Commission will set the stage for major reforms in the Judiciary. President Kibaki […]

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High alert as Kenya police battle Al Shabaab

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Listen Liboi Kenya (Alshahid) -Somalia’s dreaded Al Shabaab militia crossed into Kenya and attacked a police station.   The attackers launched a rocket-propelled grenade on the Liboi Police Station at the Liboi border in, North Eastern, but no injury was reported.   Authorities said police, who were caught unaware by the attack, repulsed the militia. […]

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Somali president warns against leaflets on govt’s plan to dissolve parliament

By   /  March 30, 2011  /  Africa, Featured, Horn of Africa, News, Somalia, World News  /  No Comments

Listen Mogadishu (Alshahid) -, Somalis Transitional Federal Government (TFG) president,  Sheikh Sharif held press conference in Vila-Baidoa and warned individuals distributing leaflets purporting a government’s plan to dissolve parliament. He was speaking after a ceremony of awards to seven people whom he said that they had done the greatest duty in releasing British hostages, Paul […]

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Parliamentary coup within TFIs of Somalia

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Listen The parliamentary coup in progress in Mogadishu has eclipsed all other important topics in Somalia. The critical issues that deserve in depth examination include the relevance of Djibouti Peace Agreement (2008), the development and implementation of comprehensive strategy for peace and state-building, the foreign-driven constitution-making process and uncountable gatherings, the massive displacement of people […]

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China dismisses US claims over Africa

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Listen Nairobi (Alshahid) -China has dismissed as “sensational” claims by the US it was employing dirty tricks to gain a foothold in Kenya.   Leaked US diplomatic cables described Chinese firms as using bribes, cut-throat pricing strategies and coercion through senior government officials to win lucrative deals in the sector, a trend that US Government […]

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Teach Somalis about dangers of illegal weapons: Galkayo University Students advised

By   /  March 30, 2011  /  Africa, Education, Featured, Horn of Africa, News, Somalia, World News  /  No Comments

Listen Galkayo (Alshahid) – The Galmudug State President, Mohamed Ahmed Alin, has called on university of Galkayo students to share their time between studying and informing the public, especially young freelance gunmen, about the danger of illegal firearms. Fire arms are now a common tool used to rob civilians in the crime prone Southern Galkayo […]

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AU snubs London talks on Libya crisis

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Listen Addis Ababa (Alshahid) -The African Union has pulled out of a London conference on Libya after member states failed to agree on participation. Other reports indicate that the AU snubbed an invitation to attend London talks on Libya because Western forces decided to use NATO military intervention against a state that falls under the […]

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Somalia state detains suspected pirates

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Listen Garowe (Alshahid) -The authorities in Somali’s semi-autonomous state of Puntland have detained a group of alleged pirates together with vehicles and other wares.   The suspects were rounded up at Galkayo town, about 740km north of Mogadishu.   The Deputy Police Officer in the region, Colonel Mohydin Ahmed Musa, confirmed that his forces had […]

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